Date: Thursday, 18 November 2021
Hubei Media Group: On November 12, the US Department of the Treasury designated four entities and two individuals including the Eritrean Defense Force, the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice, and Hagos Ghebrehiwet W Kidan, who is economic advisor to the Eritrean President, pursuant to an Executive Order President Biden signed on September 17. Does the Chinese side have any comment?
Zhao Lijian: China consistently holds that international law and basic norms governing international relations should be complied with as countries interact with each other. We oppose interference in other countries’ domestic affairs with the use or threat of unilateral sanctions. Past experience has shown that the unilateral sanctions imposed by certain countries failed to produce any constructive effect on regional peace and stability. On the contrary, they often had a devastating impact on the economy and livelihood of the affected countries and was unanimously rejected by the international community. China hopes that the parties concerned will prudently handle relevant issues and play a constructive role in maintaining peace and stability in the Horn of Africa.